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Jai Alai IPA - White Oak - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 1,288
Reviews: 324
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 232
Gots: 124 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This is an American White Oak-aged version of Jai Alai India Pale Ale. The white oak adds smoothing notes of vanilla and slight hints of dill to the aroma and flavor profile. The finish is elegantly dry due to the light tannin notes from oak aging and though still loaded with hop flavor, hop bitterness is more restrained.

70 IBU

(Beer added by: tpd975 on 06-13-2010)
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kingcrowing

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a wine glass.

Pours a hazy amber to light amber with a huge creamy off white head that's thick & pillowy. Nose is all tropical fruit, mango and others, it's sweet and fresh.

Taste is super well balanced - hoppy fresh and sweet, there a nice creamy maltiness as well. Really creamy and thick. Delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2010 18:37:40 | More by kingcrowing
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jacewg

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -28.7%

06-10-2014 02:06:19 | More by jacewg
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dfhhead25

Pennsylvania

2.25/5  rDev -46.6%

08-26-2013 19:33:28 | More by dfhhead25
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bonkers

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this in SS '10 courtesy of steve8robin. The pour is hazy orange, the head overflows the glass. The smell has lots oak that mixes nicely with the citrus and pineapple. It taste like it smells, oak with pineapple and citrus backdrop. The finish is sweeter than I remember the other jai alai's. The body is medium, very well carbonated. A great beer, I really need to do a horizontal tasting with the different varities of jai alai.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 23:57:58 | More by bonkers
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the beer that got me most excited in a birthday box from Mikesgroove. Now I can call myself a real member of this site, having gotten beer from Mikesgroove.

A- Damn, they dont get too much better looking than this. Its a glowing burnt orange with an ever so light haze. The head is absolutely towering. One of the kinds of heads that will stick out above the rim of the glass and taunt you. It makes you wait to finish pouring and then wait some more to drink it. Lacing? There must be a better word for it than lacing.

S- This is a whole new beast. Very, very, very woody. If you thought Palo Santo was the most woodsy, check yo head. Fresh wood pulp, sap, pine bough, juniper berries. Its very intense and woodsy. Like the drippings from a wood chipper.

T- This tastes as much like a national park as it smells. The oak brings deciduous wood flavors and the hops bring the coniferous. There is pine sap, wood pulp, the moisture from green saplings. Hops also carry a citrus profile, mostly of sweet nectarine. This stuff is very, very sweet. There is no bitterness at the end and the finish feels almost empty.

M- The carbonation is quite high. Huh, who would have guessed a beer with meringue for a head had some carbonation? Its very dry with a full body.

D- I liked this stuff very much but Im left questioning some things. I certainly wouldnt be drinking this stuff in succession like other IPAs, but I would like having it on hand.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 03:33:50 | More by MbpBugeye
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LambicKing

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

10-18-2013 23:09:41 | More by LambicKing
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KVNBGRY

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

02-01-2013 22:45:37 | More by KVNBGRY
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uturn

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +1%

12-06-2011 02:20:49 | More by uturn
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TheBrewo

Michigan

4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

We pop some cans, pouring into our Great Lakes pint glasses. It glows the color of a tropical sunset with a surprising amount of sediment throughout. The stark white head stands two fingers tall, and retains nicely. The nose is both sweet and spiced, with prominent and clean oak barreling, soured lemony, citric, and earthy hops, and a sweet, toasty pale malt base. Fresh honeys, tropical fruitiness of pineapple and papaya, and juicy peach flesh add a palpable sweetness to the nose. The flavor is quite souring to begin with, boasting strong oaked woodiness and fresh grassy and citric hops. Lemon zest comes through in the beginning, along with a sweeter, lightly toasted pale malt, and a slightly more robust caramel malt. Nectary white sugar sweetness hits the palate in the middle, striking nice balance between the more bittering oak. After the swallow, the taste hangs on with chalky and metallic yeastiness as well as some booze, and more of that sweet, warming, and musky white oak. The feel is creamy, entirely coating, and coaxes the mouth to warmth in a background of puckering dryness. The abv is easy, and the beer is gone before you know it.

Overall, this has been one of our most highly anticipated beers for a while. Jai Alai, as a base, is in contention for the juiciest IPA from this side of the country, so to take that powerhouse and engage it further, is something for myth and legend. The wood is musky, sweet, authentic, and unsoiled, adding a simple side to barreling that is not often seen. They do a great job of maintaining the basic beer here, and not using the added element to overpower the things that make this guy great. This is probably the best example of how to enhance an amazing beer that we’ve tried to date. They really put on a clinic. This is a game-changing, must-try if you can find it.

Serving type: can

06-16-2014 01:52:18 | More by TheBrewo
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josephwa

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

02-05-2014 04:10:51 | More by josephwa
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DaveHack

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5%

09-02-2012 22:05:14 | More by DaveHack
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jrohrbacher

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5%

04-01-2013 03:32:17 | More by jrohrbacher
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mikeincharleston

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

05-23-2013 01:36:39 | More by mikeincharleston
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savagepm

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

06-07-2013 23:27:14 | More by savagepm
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -5%

01-29-2013 04:36:18 | More by Stevedore
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ystazi

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5%

03-01-2013 01:24:11 | More by ystazi
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Urbancaver

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice crisp amber orange with a bit of nice white head. Smells very hoppy and oaky. A hint of vanilla on the nose as well. Tastes fairly sweet and hoppy. Lots of piney flavours on the tongue and a solid malt backbone. Thick and syrupy with a solid mouthfeel. Overall, just a touch nicer than regular jai alai as the oak adds some interesting complexity.

Note: let this beer warm up! S much more complex!

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 22:40:14 | More by Urbancaver
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JISurfer

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

03-01-2013 04:46:18 | More by JISurfer
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BeerBucks

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1%

02-20-2013 01:31:24 | More by BeerBucks
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FreshmanPour77

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +18.8%

11-18-2011 18:25:50 | More by FreshmanPour77
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klipper

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

01-07-2012 00:33:17 | More by klipper
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, bottled on 5 Aug 2012, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a hazy orange color topped with a half-finger of bubbly white head, good retention and lacing.

S- Wow, the first thing I get is a ton of vanilla and some coconut. It's like smelling a dessert, definitely not what I was expecting from an IPA. Layered beneath the prominent vanilla is some tropical citrus aroma. It smells delicious, I also don't know if I've ever had a beer aged on oak that produced such a powerful vanilla aroma without also producing a whole lot of whiskey and oak, this is interesting.

T- Similar to the nose, albeit a bit toned down. After an initial rush of vanilla and coconut some tropical, juicy hops take over mid-palate and dominate the finish with piney bitterness and lingering juice flavors. Some caramel and toffee malt is beneath. I really wasn't sure how well vanilla was going to work with the hops on this beer but they actually play very nicely together.

M- Medium-bodied, moderate to high carbonation, has a smooth, slightly prickly feel.

O- A really cool IPA, the vanilla adds a really interesting new dimension to this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 06:53:17 | More by WillCarrera
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iatethecloudsfor

Vermont

4/5  rDev -5%

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DerekMorgan

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5%

09-26-2013 01:03:53 | More by DerekMorgan
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thebigredone

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -5%

12-01-2012 23:08:11 | More by thebigredone
Jai Alai IPA - White Oak from Cigar City Brewing
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